Sunday 22 May 2016

Syrian Observatory for Human RightsReef Dimashq province:Warplanes targeted al-Ashaari and al-Merj areas with 4 airstrikes, no reports of losses. 1 rebel was killed by clashes against regime forces in al-Tal area.

60 food and medical aids vehicles started to enter Qudsia, and al-Hama areas under the supervision of the UN, as it is been 1 year since last aids vehicle entered the areas. Continue reading “Sunday 22 May 2016”

HDP sends letter to the UN on the AKP and Erdoğan

ANF imageHDP Co-Presidents Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş sent a letter to UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, who led the World Humanitarian Summit in İstanbul.

Yüksekdağ ve Demirtaş, BM Genel Sekreteri Ban Ki HDP Co-Presidents Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş sent a letter to UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, who led the World Humanitarian Summit in İstanbul. The Co-Presidents called upon the UN to take a stance against grave human rights violations ordered by Erdoğan, and expressed their concern over the possible role of organizing the summit in İstanbul in covering up the human rights violations carried out by the Erdoğan regime. Continue reading “HDP sends letter to the UN on the AKP and Erdoğan”

The lifting of immunity threatens to take Turkish politics back decades

Peace in KurdistanThe decision to lift immunity is yet another step in President Erdogan’s efforts to tighten his grip on power with the ultimate aim of creating a presidential system, which critics say is an attempt to introduce a “one-man rule” dictatorship. This amounts to a political coup that demands a proportionate response.

It is an alarming fact that Turkey has become increasing intolerant in recent months with prosecutions of journalists and attacks on political opposition to the ruling AKP. The parliamentary vote in favour of lifting immunity marks another dangerous assault on Turkey’s democracy.

As feared, the bill to lift immunity has been passed by the Turkish Parliament. The bill was supported by 376 MPs out of a total of 550 in a third and final vote on 20 May 2016. Continue reading “The lifting of immunity threatens to take Turkish politics back decades”

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Statement of the International Syria Support Group Vienna May 17, 2016 Meeting in Vienna on May 17, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States reaffirmed the ISSG’s determination to strengthen the Cessation of Hostilities, to ensure full and sustained humanitarian access in Syria, and to ensure progress toward a peaceful political transition. Continue reading “Tuesday 17 May 2016”

Monday 16 May 2016

This page has many news reports from all over the world with differnt perspectives on the Middle East: http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?search=syria&lang=en&searchheadlines=1 It’s a complicated situation because the Syrian people have become lost amongst the battle for power and control by other countries.  Bashar al-Assad is still sitting in his seat as President despite the atrocities that have been committed in his name.

Sunday 15 May 2016

ecre_logoPYD co-chair Moslem: We won’t allow a second Sykes–Picot

A two-day conference titled ‘Towards Kurdish identity and Independence In The Era of Globalization’ has kicked off in Sulaimani city of South Kurdistan to mark the centenary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. See here: http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/pyd-co-chair-moslem-we-won-t-allow-a-second-sykes-picot

A two-day conference titled ‘Towards Kurdish identity and Independence In The Era of Globalization’ has kicked off in Sulaimani city of South Kurdistan to mark the centenary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

 

[…] PYD co-chair Saleh Moslem who attends the conference as speaker evaluated the level reached by Kurdish politics today on the basis of the Rojava experience.

Responding to criticism over the “untimely declaration of federation in Rojava”, Moslem said; “While some circles assess the federation declaration as disintegration, we on the contrary call it democratization. We want this declaration of federation to be discussed in Geneva talks and seen as a resolution project, yet some do not want this to happen as they reject not only everyone’s participation in talks but also our project.”

Moslem said they also needed to be present at the table in order for the achievement of a solution, adding; “Talks are being held with us, too, behind the scene. They are asking us our thoughts, and we tell them that we need to be at the table of talks. Some powers impose the Geneva talks as a second Sykes-Picot on the Kurdish people but we will not allow this to happen.”

 

The conference will resume tomorrow.

ECRE: 13 May 2016:

Human Rights Watch published this week a damning article documenting violence at the Syrian-Turkish border: according to the organisation, in March and April 2016 Turkish border guards violently attempted to stop Syrians from entering the country, beating them and shooting at them. The violence resulted in at least five people killed and fourteen seriously injured. Furthermore, push-backs at the border have been documented since at least August 2015, in a blatant violation of thenon-refoulement principle. Continue reading “Sunday 15 May 2016”